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Aiken Toddler Hospitalized for Human Bite, Facial Burns & Arm Fracture; Parents Charged with Child Neglect


Aiken parents were arrested for child neglect Thursday after their 1-year-old daughter was hospitalized with facial burns, a human bite mark and an arm fracture.

Michael Rannie was charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child while Nadine Lafleur were charged with one count.

The toddler was brought to Aiken Regional Medical Centers on Feb. 10th, and hospital officials reported the injuries to police as required by law. An investigation led to this week’s charges, Aiken Public Safety Lt. Karl Odenthal said.

The neglect charges do not necessarily accuse the parents of causing the abuse. Police believe there is sufficient evidence they failed in their role as legal guardian in protecting the child, at a minimum.

The victim suffered a spiral fracture to the arm, which is a red flag for abuse since such fractures are the result of forceful twisting or jerking, authorities say. The other noticeable injuries listed in a warrant were “burns to the left facial area” and “a human bite mark to the thigh.”

Authorities were not able to update the condition of the child.

Lt. Odenthal said children neglected in similar cases have usually been taken and placed in the custody of someone else, usually another family member.



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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. I feel so sorry for that poor defenseless child. Now if the child becomes a ward of the state, you can expect the child’s future not to be so bright. These disgusting excuse for parents have destroyed the child’s life and should be made an example of. If convicted, sterilization and a life sentence seems to be a sufficient punishment for these monsters.

  2. What the hell is wrong with your dumb asses? A one year that you are suppose to be protecting. Its sad when the main ones who are supposed to be protecting the kids are actually the ones who are causing the most abuse. You can’t give me no kind of excuse that would warrant you to do this to your own child. Sterilize both of them. They don’t need anymore kids.

    • Hi Erica I am a family member – first cousin to Michael and am just finding out about this. I cant wrap my head around this sick evil outrageous thing but it doesn’t sound like my cousin he wouldn’t hurt a fly never the less I cant get in touch with him or her but our family would like to get the baby if she is a ward of the state so please if you don’t mind giving me any information you have on Nadine.. Please..

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